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Old Posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:31 PM
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Disappointed that gas station is gone. Hopefully it's not just a clone of N3 that gets built in its' place.
I guess some history was list with that gas station coming down - it was the last gas station in the core. If I was in the area and needed fuel, I would stop there - they'd fill your tank and the inside of the station was a bit odd and maybe even eclectic. Certainly the owners could have developed something quite neat with station but the writing had been on the wall for a long time. Quirky gas stations are becoming more difficult to find and this is another one of them gone.
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I guess some history was list with that gas station coming down - it was the last gas station in the core. If I was in the area and needed fuel, I would stop there - they'd fill your tank and the inside of the station was a bit odd and maybe even eclectic. Certainly the owners could have developed something quite neat with station but the writing had been on the wall for a long time. Quirky gas stations are becoming more difficult to find and this is another one of them gone.
Yeah, and the gas there was always a couple cents cheaper. I'm in the minority here, but I was sad to see that place go. It wasn't a historic gem by any means but we have so few pretty WWII buildings left standing.

It'll be interesting to see how 8th Ave develops. Maybe that section can become a pedestrian mall and become an extention of Stephen Ave when the library is complete.
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Liquor Store in EV

An application for a new liquor store in EV:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3306190/ci...rop-in-centre/

I think it's going here:
https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.04707...8i6656!6m1!1e1

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She points out there’s a relatively small percentage of people staying at the DI that have problems with alcohol.
Hmmm, I'd like to see some stats on that one.

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An application for a new liquor store in EV:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3306190/ci...rop-in-centre/

I think it's going here:
https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.04707...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Hmmm, I'd like to see some stats on that one.

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It's actually going into Verve. So still sometime before this actually comes to the neighbourhood, as Verve won't be finished until end of 2018 (at the earliest).
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Liquor stores can avoid a lot of problems with vagrants just by pricing them out, although some choose not to do that.
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Old Posted Mar 13, 2017, 8:23 PM
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OMG, a liquor store going into East Village

For those panicking about a liquor store going into EV, you should know there's also one going into Arris, next to Loblaws.
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An application for a new liquor store in EV:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3306190/ci...rop-in-centre/

I think it's going here:
https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.04707...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Hmmm, I'd like to see some stats on that one.

thoughts?
There's a lot going on in the area and everything seems to be getting looked at piece by piece. As far as I can tell:




1) There are actually two "emergency shelters" in the area - the DI and the salvation army. Bylaw requires 150m separation from an emergency shelter and 300m from another liquor store.

2) A liquor store is a permitted use in the under construction RioCan site, although it seems to have disappeared from the site plans on RioCan's website. Not sure if they still plan to have one or not. http://riocan.com/development-portfo...t-east-village

3) A DP was refused for a growler bar in N3 due to proximity with the Salvation Army and the the under construction store at RioCan, but that decision was overturned by the SDAB last month (with a number of restrictions that it must be a specialty store, can't sell hard alcohol, etc.) http://www.canlii.org/en/ab/absdab/d...gysdab114.html

4) The proposed liquor stores at Verve doesn't actually require any bylaw relaxations*, but is getting attention since it's close to the DI. I would find it very odd if this was refused based on proximity to the DI after a liquor store was approved at the RioCan site which is right next door to the DI.

*Unless the SDAB ruling impacts a application that is already under review? I have no idea how this goes... Depending on how it's measured it may be within the 300m limit, although it would be a fairly minor relaxation anyways.


Now comes the best part - none of this will matter if council removes the requirement for a DP on change of uses downtown as part of their small business tactical support efforts. http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sire...7023639506.PDF
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Liquor stores can avoid a lot of problems with vagrants just by pricing them out, although some choose not to do that.
Quoted for truth.

I had an application a long time ago where a boutique liquor store was appealed by a bargain basement liquor store on the grounds that the proliferation would increase vagrancy and "undesirable" elements in the neighbourhood, yet it was the existing liquor store that was selling the cheapest alcohol they could find to anybody who walked in the door.
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There's a lot going on in the area and everything seems to be getting looked at piece by piece. As far as I can tell:




1) There are actually two "emergency shelters" in the area - the DI and the salvation army. Bylaw requires 150m separation from an emergency shelter and 300m from another liquor store.

2) A liquor store is a permitted use in the under construction RioCan site, although it seems to have disappeared from the site plans on RioCan's website. Not sure if they still plan to have one or not. http://riocan.com/development-portfo...t-east-village

3) A DP was refused for a growler bar in N3 due to proximity with the Salvation Army and the the under construction store at RioCan, but that decision was overturned by the SDAB last month (with a number of restrictions that it must be a specialty store, can't sell hard alcohol, etc.) http://www.canlii.org/en/ab/absdab/d...gysdab114.html

4) The proposed liquor stores at Verve doesn't actually require any bylaw relaxations*, but is getting attention since it's close to the DI. I would find it very odd if this was refused based on proximity to the DI after a liquor store was approved at the RioCan site which is right next door to the DI.

*Unless the SDAB ruling impacts a application that is already under review? I have no idea how this goes... Depending on how it's measured it may be within the 300m limit, although it would be a fairly minor relaxation anyways.


Now comes the best part - none of this will matter if council removes the requirement for a DP on change of uses downtown as part of their small business tactical support efforts. http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sire...7023639506.PDF
Wow that's seems like a pretty big amendment to policy. Talk about cutting the red tape.

Doesn't the Beltline have a similar rule existing around having no parking minimums for restaurant/bar uses they put in a few years ago?
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Wow that's seems like a pretty big amendment to policy. Talk about cutting the red tape.

Doesn't the Beltline have a similar rule existing around having no parking minimums for restaurant/bar uses they put in a few years ago?
Yes. Basically. For all retail and similar commercial uses at grade there is no parking requirement.
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Who cares if it does change? The bylaws are stupid anyway. wow, homeless people can't walk 300m?

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There's a lot going on in the area and everything seems to be getting looked at piece by piece. As far as I can tell:



1) There are actually two "emergency shelters" in the area - the DI and the salvation army. Bylaw requires 150m separation from an emergency shelter and 300m from another liquor store.

2) A liquor store is a permitted use in the under construction RioCan site, although it seems to have disappeared from the site plans on RioCan's website. Not sure if they still plan to have one or not. http://riocan.com/development-portfo...t-east-village

3) A DP was refused for a growler bar in N3 due to proximity with the Salvation Army and the the under construction store at RioCan, but that decision was overturned by the SDAB last month (with a number of restrictions that it must be a specialty store, can't sell hard alcohol, etc.) http://www.canlii.org/en/ab/absdab/d...gysdab114.html

4) The proposed liquor stores at Verve doesn't actually require any bylaw relaxations*, but is getting attention since it's close to the DI. I would find it very odd if this was refused based on proximity to the DI after a liquor store was approved at the RioCan site which is right next door to the DI.

*Unless the SDAB ruling impacts a application that is already under review? I have no idea how this goes... Depending on how it's measured it may be within the 300m limit, although it would be a fairly minor relaxation anyways.


Now comes the best part - none of this will matter if council removes the requirement for a DP on change of uses downtown as part of their small business tactical support efforts. http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sire...7023639506.PDF
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Canyon-like 'Rift' starting to take shape at Verve in the East Village

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An application for a new liquor store in EV:

http://globalnews.ca/news/3306190/ci...rop-in-centre/

I think it's going here:
https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.04707...8i6656!6m1!1e1


Hmmm, I'd like to see some stats on that one.

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DI clients are not allowed into the building if exhibiting any signs of intoxication but that by no means goes to say that someone allowed into the DI couldn't have a drinking problem.
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So checked out the 'new and improved' playground while walking through St. Patrick's Island the other day... the south facing metal slides that were burning children have been replaced by a single slide made of concrete. WTF? I've never seen a slide made out of concrete before. I figured there would at least be some sort of non-stick treatment applied to the top to make it, you know, a slide but no, it's just concrete. Anyone with kids checked this out? It's a fail built on a fail in my opinion but kids might prove me wrong.
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So checked out the 'new and improved' playground while walking through St. Patrick's Island the other day... the south facing metal slides that were burning children have been replaced by a single slide made of concrete. WTF? I've never seen a slide made out of concrete before. I figured there would at least be some sort of non-stick treatment applied to the top to make it, you know, a slide but no, it's just concrete. Anyone with kids checked this out? It's a fail built on a fail in my opinion but kids might prove me wrong.
I used to play with my kids on some fantastic concrete slides in the Berkeley hills -- great serpentine things dropping down wooded slopes. Usually kids would use pieces of cardboard to increase the speed and decrease the burn. I was always surprised that they were allowed in the super-litigious US, but then again Berkeley was the town with the "discovery" playground -- more or less a junkyard where if kids collect enough loose nails they can trade them in for a hammer.

Somehow I'm expecting a less adventure on St. Patrick's.
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